Subject: Re: rcp in /bin
To: Curt Sampson <>
From: Brett Lymn <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/10/1996 13:37:09
According to Curt Sampson:
>I notice that rcp is in /bin, and statically linked, rather than in /usr/bin.
>What's the reason for this?

Traditionally, you are supposed to be able to get your machine up and
on the network with only the / partition available.  Once you get that
far, the theory is that you can rcp anything else you need from
another cooperative machine.   This scenario does separate the men
from the boys in the sys admin world ;-)

FWIW I have done it with StunOS when the machine lost it's /usr
partition to a disk error and the backup tape was on another machine...

Brett Lymn, Computer Systems Administrator, AWA Defence Industries
  "Upgrading your memory gives you MORE RAM!" - ad in MacWAREHOUSE catalogue.